Channel 5 has announced they are teaming up with The TV Collective to encourage BAME production companies to work with them on developing new shows.
The new initiative is part of the commitment made by channel 5 to create mainstream programmes that accurately reflect contemporary Britain.
The TV Collective was founded ten years ago by Simone Pennant and promotes the commercial and creative value that having diversity can bring to British film and TV studios.
Channel 5 are looking for nine small or medium size BAME companies, primarily based in the regions, who are owned and managed by BAME talent.
The shortlisted companies will be matched with a commissioning team at the channel to help develop and nurture them.
Companies will also receive development money to help them bring their ideas to life.
Ben Frow, director of programmes at Channel 5, discussed the importance of creating mainstream programmes that will draw large audiences.
He said: “We are opening the door to ambitious and talented BAME-run indies who can deliver content with broad appeal across all our key genres, and most importantly, offer programming ideas that will resonate with viewers.”
Simone Pennant praised the channel for realising that to fundamentally increase diversity, it is not only about diversifying the content and decision makers, but also the people who are making it.
She added: “Ben understands the importance of giving producers a creative outlet and the opportunity to grow as opposed to just offering BAME producers a job. It is so refreshing and inspiring to work with someone like Ben and his team who are forward-thinking, progressive but above all willing to put their money where their mouth is.”
This initiative follows the success of last year’s initiative to support production companies in the regions, which resulted in 35 hours of new peak time content.
It is open to producers of a wide range of genres and companies until 28th July. For more information on how to enter, click here.